Paul Walker’s Daughter Has Grown Up, What She Says About Her Dad Is So Moving.
When a celebrity dies, your reaction to it is almost always measured in direct correlation to how big of a fan you were of their work. To us, celebrities are just characters: We don't really know who they are, just what we can assume based on the characters they play. But when you really think about it, you realize that celebrities are so much more than the roles they assume on screen: They're people with rich lives outside of the spotlight, families who depend on them, and an entire universe of loved ones left behind when they pass.
Take, for instance, the particularly sad story of actor Paul Walker. Known for his role in the Fast & Furious franchise, Walker's life came to an abrupt end back in 2011. Naturally, fans were devastated. Even people unfamiliar with his work took notice, as he died at a tragically young age. But there's one person to whom Walker's death meant more to than anyone else: His daughter Meadow. Find out how she's keeping her father's legacy alive in the story below.
On November 30, 2013, actor Paul Walker suffered a tragic fate.
Walker was in a horrific car accident, wherein his vehicle crashed into a tree and burst into flames. The violent accident took his life, as well as the life of a friend who was in the car.
It was a bit too much irony for his fans, who were devastated at the news.
Walker made a name for himself starring in the "Fast & Furious" series, so the fact that he died in an accident seemed like an unfair twist of fate.
His costar, Tyrese Gibson, was also devastated.
Here, Tyrese breaks down in tears during his emotional visit to the site of the tragic car accident in Santa Clarita, California during a memorial for Walker.
Walker's other costars were rocked to their cores by the news as well.
Vin Diesel had some particularly emotional words about Paul at the time of his passing.
But what few realized at the time was that Walker had a daughter.
Meadow was only 15 when she lost her father in this accident.
Judging by their lifetime of photos together, Meadow was daddy's little girl.
Friends say that Meadow meant everything to Walker, and that she was always his number one priority.
Naturally, she was the one most affected by his death.
Fans lost their favorite movie star, but Meadow lost the only father she'll ever have. It's incredibly sad to think about.
But somehow, Meadow was able to move past her father's death.
Although she certainly has to work through the grief, every single day. It's not something that one ever fully gets over.
At 18 years old, Meadow is all grown up.
She just graduated from high school, and has some exciting things planned for her future.
For starters, she plans to continue her work with the Paul Walker Foundation.
It's an organization which would help rescue endangered and abused sea animals, which was one of her father's many passions.
Meadow decided that despite her grief, she had to find a way to honor her late father.
And by continuing his good work, she feels she can accomplish that goal.
The foundation has been in operation ever since Paul Walker passed.
It was a way for Meadow to keep her father's legacy alive. Many didn't realize that Paul was a vocal humanitarian and activist, who constantly assisted in the betterment of animals in need, as well as natural disaster victims.
Meadow's grandparents have said that Meadow reminds them of her father in more ways than one.
"He was proud of Meadow," her grandfather said. "Every day of her life. She's a stunning girl… very graceful. When you watch Meadow, it's not like she walks, she glides. Her mother [Paul's ex-girlfriend Rebecca Soteros] is that way, and Paul was, too."
Before he died, Paul wasn't just a movie star: He was a concerned and present father, totally preoccupied with taking care of Meadow.
Her mom, Rebeccas Soteros, was having some problems with alcohol. Walker begged his parents to take Meadow, ensuring that she'd have a normal life.
A bitter custody battle ensued.
The details are pretty unclear, but it's known that up until his death, Walker never stopped fighting for the chance for his daughter to have a calm, normal teenage life.
When he passed, he left behind a hole that no one could fill.
And things in the family understandably got more tense than ever.
At that point in time, Meadow took a break from social media.
She was grieving her father, dealing with rifts in the family, and most likely trying to figure out how to keep his legacy alive in the midst of it all. It left fans to wonder how Walker's daughter would get through it all.
Luckily, she was able to figure out a way to do it.
And because of her determination in the face of tragedy, the world will never forget what a generous man and proud advocate Walker was when he was alive.
Because yes, most of us will remember him like this.
A movie star with devilish good looks, leaning up against a slick car.
But Meadow will remember him as one thing and one thing only.
Her dad, whom she hopes to make proud by living her life with the same purpose as he did.